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'A young Vietnamese-Australian named Nam, in his final year at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, is trying to find his voice on the page. When his father, a man with a painful past, comes to visit, Nam's writing and sense of self are both deeply changed.

'Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice is a deeply moving story of identity, family and the wellsprings of creativity, from Nam Le's multi-award-winning collection The Boat.' (From the publisher's website, 2012 Penguin publication.)


  • The title derives from advice given by American novelist William Faulkner, mentioned in the story: 'he said we should write about the old verities. Love and honour and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice' (9).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Zoetrope : All Story vol. 10 no. 2 2006 2006 Z1407008 2006 periodical issue 2006
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Overland no. 187 Winter 2007 Z1405781 2007 periodical issue 2007 pg. 47-57
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories 2007 Robert Drewe (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2007 Z1434570 2007 anthology short story extract autobiography Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2007 pg. 213-234
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 Dave Eggers (editor), Boston : Houghton Mifflin , 2007 Z1551540 2007 anthology poetry Presents selections of mainstream and alternative American literature, including both fiction and nonfiction, that discuss a broad spectrum of subjects. Boston : Houghton Mifflin , 2007
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Boat Nam Le , Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2008 Z1495449 2008 selected work short story (taught in 42 units)

    'In the magnificent opening story, "Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice," a young writer is urged by his friends to mine his father's experiences in Vietnam - and what seems at first a satire on turning one's life into literary commerce becomes a transcendent exploration of homeland, and the ties between father and son. "Cartagena" provides a visceral glimpse of life in Colombia as it enters the mind of a fourteen-year-old hit man facing the ultimate test. In "Meeting Elise" an ageing New York painter mourns his body's decline as he prepares to meet his daughter on the eve of her Carnegie Hall debut. And with graceful symmetry, the final, title story returns to Vietnam, to a fishing trawler crowded with refugees where a young woman's bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision.' (From the author's website.)

    Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2008
    pg. 1-30
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Perfume River : An Anthology of Writing from Vietnam Catherine Cole (editor), Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2010 Z1686708 2010 anthology poetry short story

    The Perfume River offers the reader perspectives on Vietnam from both inside and outside the country. The diverse array of writers include renowned authors of the Vietnamese literary canon, 2nd generation ex-pats (based in Australia & America), and non-Vietnamese authors who have special ties with the country and its culture.

    The only book of its kind on the market, The Perfume River is a collection of short stories and poetry. It explores a multitude of rich themes including origin, the rural/urban divide in Vietnam, family, generation gaps, lost love, the effects of war, migration, foreigner's impressions of Vietnam, the East/West divide, ex pats, Western attitudes to Vietnam and Asia, Vietnamese attitudes to the West and everyday life in Vietnam. There are 32 contributors, including Nam Le, Andrew Lam, Bao Ninh, Pham Thi Hoai and Pam Brown. [Publisher's media release]

    Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2010
    pg. 5-30
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Best Australian Stories : A Ten Year Collection Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1771915 2011 anthology short story (taught in 1 units) Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2011 pg. 35-54
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2012 .
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      Courtesy of Penguin.
      Extent: 1v.p.
      • Publication date: 23 April 2012.
      ISBN: 9781742535791 (ebk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Penguin Shorts Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2012- Z1858634 2012 series - publisher short story prose correspondence autobiography

      'Penguin Shorts, Penguin's digital series of short works, offers readers engaging, entertaining non-fiction and fiction for approximately the same price as a cup of coffee, designed to be read over a long commute or during a lunch hour.

      'Shorts colours are inspired by the original Penguin Livery: Orange - Fiction, Dark blue - Memoir, Yellow - History, Pink - Cookery and Turquoise - Contemporary nonfiction.

      '"Our ambition in this digital publishing venture is not to experiment with quality but with form: our aim is to fill a current gap by bringing readers high-quality work that is too short for a book and too long for a magazine, so that you need never be without a something satisfying to read."' - Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General

      Source: Penguin website,
      Sighted: 07/05/2012

Works about this Work

Finding a Home in Fiction Dave Tacon , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 2009; (p. 14)
Finding a Home in Fiction Dave Tacon , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 2009; (p. 14)
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